LIFESTYLE: Talent Show For Actors?

It seems that in this vast world of reality-driven television, and talent-orientated shows, dowsed majoritively in singing and dancing, we have forgotten and pushed the actors of today neatly in a corner. We have subconsciously dismissed the power of an actor's monologue, the power of the works of Brecht, Pinter or Beckett. We admire the shows of today which hold such influence such as Broadchurch, or even more recently, the spectacular northern working class dramas, such as Sheridan Smith's The Moorside, which generate a heavy creative stamp on society. We are constantly enthralled by the actor's voice, yet there is not one show on television at the present time, solely commited to seeking out the talents of actors. Any of the acts featured on talent shows that involve acting are heavily diluted, and it's truly disheartening, especially because there are so many out of work actors, perhaps young actors, immsering themselves in their craft that can not have the creative platform they need such as the singers and dancers can on many of the BBC and ITV shows; which have proven to be such wonderful podium for their skills.

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Why Is There Such A Lack Of Acting Talent Shows On Television?

Perhaps it's because the concept of a show purely dedicated to acting has never hit the mark with any top producers, that it's fallen at the first hurdle. Perhaps we are so thickly glazed in masses of tongue-in-cheek reality shows that there is no real need for it but having graduated with a Degree in Drama myself, I do feel a huge empathy towards the actors of today who are searching for a breakout role, or an opportunity. Actors are flung into a world of online auditions, for local roles or features on YouTube, there are many theatre groups, but these are not always practical. Television talent shows have carved their way slowly into the hearts of the British public. We have had creative geniuses such as Andrew Lloyd Webber search for new stars in his West End Musicals, even lately, the talented Gary Barlow, searching for a cast for his play on the BBC's Let It Shine. Yet, there is no acknowledgement for actors, who bring the most indulgent, and spectacular pieces of art to the stage and screen; there is no end to the history of theatre, there is no end to the limitless possibilities of the creativity of theatre.

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The Plan "Curtain Call" 

If there was a television show dedicated solely to finding new acting talent then perhaps we could also be used to inspire people of all ages to delve back into an art that they perhaps abandoned or to use it to teach the new generation about forgotten theatre practices such as forum theatre or improvisation.

The show could consist of stages that begin with monologues, or duologues, followed by the creation of theatre in groups and exploring the variations of styles which can be hugely entertaining. Take "What's My Line" as a prime example of comic genius mixed with undiluted creative mayhem which in itself breeds entertainment. Forum theatre which is widely used as forms of therapy can be used also. The possibilities are endless as are the swirling ideas in my head. There must never be a time that we allow one of the oldest forms of entertainment to not rightfully have their spot within the television industry. Dating back to the ancient Greeks, acting has impacted our lives for generations. I think it's time the passionate actors of our time stand up for what we love the most. Let's bring acting talent shows to the television. That's my goal of 2017. At least, it's one of them.

Jeeves & Jericho – For The Tea Lovers

The word tea must be one of the most comforting words. “Let’s have a cuppa” has graced the English language for many a year, and makes the most sad, and difficult scenarios more bearable. As a self confessed tea lover, I’m constantly on the hunt for tea brands with good ethics, and exciting blends of tea, that incorporate taste and health benefits effortlessly. Jeeves and Jericho multi-award winning teasmiths, offer a varied range of tea blends blended in Oxford, and are shipped worldwide. There is a blend for everyone, with extracts of green tea, black tea, herbal varieties, and a personal favourite, Matcha; the blend that has been on everyone’s lips this year. Each box has incredibly beautiful artwork, classy and artistic, giving each packaging a style of their own; and at affordable prices. Pick up some fruity delicious teas from just £1.00! Tantalize your taste buds with three of my favourite mixes and the benefits they can have on your mental and physical wellbeing.

Green China Rose

Green tea has many proven health benefits, including aiding with weight loss, being packed full of those important anti-oxidants, and those healthy vitamins that can help prevent type two diabetes. Although green teas can be very bitter, I find the rose blossoms, to tame the natural bitterness of the green tea, making it a very sophisticated tasting drink. Tastes equally as good hot or cold, a touch of honey to sweeten if this is your preference, and the texture is incredibly smooth; giving the tea a very soft, delicate feel, a perfect mid morning pick me up, with its natural boost of caffeine, and of course, pouring out of your favourite teapot.

Chamomile And Lavender

With every mouthful comes a little taste more of relaxation and inner calm. This is a lovely delicate blend, which is easy on the stomach, and can provide a wash of calm, with a soft but aromatic taste, it has a very pure taste of chamomile, which I think is always a plus and the lavender brings a hint of nature to the drink, making it taste earthy but also giving a sense of tranquility. A real winner before bed, take to bed with you or enjoy in a warm bath.  Floral combinations are always a nice choice for a tea connoisseur, is beautiful choice for those cosy home evenings.

Mojito Mint

Mojito mint is one of my favourite examples of a peppermint tea with a brilliant twist. As denoted in the name, a zingy fresh fruity note in this tea makes it an all round good choice for those who enjoy a peppermint tea any time of the day. As we know, peppermint is a good way to combat stomach bloating, and stomach issues in general, from indigestion, to cramping, it is a great tea to store at home, specifically for its medicinal benefits. Yes this peppermint tea would be a wonderful choice as a breakfast drink with its limetree blossoms, lemongrass, cornflower blossoms and safflower blossoms; it creates the perfect equilibrium. Drink it cold, as advised by Jeeves and Jericho, drinking over ice; it’s a lovely cooler, and try a sprig of mint and dash of lemon, and you have an all round delicious cup of tea!

Jeeves and Jericho also offer the best Christmas gift ideas, ranging from all the tea equipment you may possibly need, from teapots, to spoons and infusers; or why not treat your loved ones to a gift card this Christmas instead and let them pick their own selection of goodies. Take a little look at their Instagram page also, here, for more lust worthy photos that will make any tea lover drool with excitement, and start choosing your blends today! Lovely team, and high qualities teas, that make drinking that little cup of tea even more of a comfort!

FASHION: London Fashion Week: Ashley Isham

When sleek feminine style meets masculine vogue, you know you are at Ashley Isham's show. At this year's London Fashion Week, the most spectacular exhibition at the Freemasons Hall by Ashley Isham's show was hugely popular and utterly delightful. The spellbinding atmosphere was incredibly special to the crowded room of fashion gurus and devoted style watchers. Never a dull moment with Ashley Isham, and AW17 proved to be most opulent. Full of bold colours, bold beautiful materials and pops of gold that give a delicious lux look.

Photo Courtesy of: Mina Michelle 
Photo Courtesy of: Mina Michelle 
Photo Courtesy of: Mina Michelle 
With strong ties to his native Singapore, the eastern influence was beautifully inscribed into the entrancingly classy outfits, particularly within the velvets. Velvets have had longevity over the past couple of seasons, and the luxury of velvet still seems solidified wtihin the catwalks so far. The lace was a big trend for Ashley, and colour specifics, with blacks, reds and greys taking the headline. It subtly incorporated the Asian style with embellished tropical prints, large chunky hoop earrings, which were so large, they drew attention nicely to the upper half. It was drama mixed with extravagant but not in any self-indulgent way, but rather a clear point towards future fashion. It doesn't feel like it would be difficult to see the large heavy earrings making their way to the highstreet soon. The face masks were a highlight, the audience engaging so deeply, it was a definite unique highlight to the show.

The men's outfits were particularly intriguing, with a semblence of femininity, without diminishing the stern boldness of masculinity. There was no end for the patterned looks, even for the men, a refreshing look and utterly divine. The male scarf was another edgy look that seemed to look so effortless, and complement the outfits.

Photo Courtesy of: Mina Michelle
Photo Courtesy of: Mina Michelle
Photo Courtesy of: Mina Michelle
For more about Ashley Isham and all the fabulous designs, you can click here.

This will by far be Ashley Isham's year, and it will be a delight to see the next collection.

LIFESTYLE: When Did You Last Check Your Tyres

We are constantly being bombarded with health and safety regulations and tips and tricks to lead healthier, happier lives. In our homes, we install alarm systems, window locks, have our boilers regularly checked and at work, we live by stringent rules set in place by our employers. For our cars, we have an MOT, pay off our car debts, and sit happily back behind the wheel and think no more of it. However, it's also incredibly important to make sure that your car tyres are regularly checked to avoid anything detrimental happening to yourself, and inflicting any danger upon other drivers, passengers or pedestrians.

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The Dangers

If your tyres do not meet regulations, you can be charged a hefty fine of upto £10,000 as well as potentially losing your licence.  For a newbie driver, swallowing large amounts of information regarding car safety can be difficult, but being in the know is one sure way of being able to solidify your knowledge before something unfortunate happens. According to the RAC, the legal minimum of tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, and most experts recommend a minimum depth of 3mm for tyre replacement. The dangers of worn out tyres vary. It is possible that stopping distances dramatically reduce, meaning if you break heavily and suddenly, you may not stop as quickly as you would wish to, leading to an impact or hitting a pedestrian or even skidding.

If your tyres are worn out, and the road is wet, or perhaps it is raining, the contact between tyre and the road is lessened, and this means more skidding and you could easily lose grip. With low grip, your car is essentially slipping and sliding on the road, and breaking would not have the desired effect, it could possibly be incredibly dangerous.

The 20p Check

This is such a simple test for your tyres but could prove to be life-saving. Take a spare 20p and place it into the main groves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when inserted, then the tread is above legal limit. If the coin is visible, your tyres may be unsafe, therefore it is best to get your tyres checked immediately and have them replaced, or at least seek advice.

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Car tyre safety is such a vital requirement for any car driver that it's essential to stay on top of it. Even if you are not a driver yourself; telling your family and friends about the dangers and how to perform the check to ensure they are driving with safe tyres. Don't compromise on road safety and get tyres in Sheldon and neighbouring areas from Point S website. Be safe and always remember the dangers. If you are Yorkshire based, click here for more places to get your tyres checked. 

TRAVEL: Travel Buddies: Don't Leave These Behind

The time is almost here where we start thinking about our travel plans for 2017. And after we choose a destination and book our hotel and flight, it's time to think about essentials we need for the trip.  In fact, here are some travel buddies that you definitely won't want to leave behind for your holiday.

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A handy sun lotion

Before you travel, you need to check out the weather in your chosen destination. After all, you don't want to get to the destination and find weather which is completely different to what you expected. After all, you might not have the right clothes and supplies to last you for the trip. If the weather is going to be hot, it's a must that you get a good sun lotion and lip balm to ensure your skin is protected whilst you are on your travels, and every time you burn your skin, you are putting yourself at risk of skin cancer. Therefore, take along a sun lotion and apply it before you hit the beach to ensure you get a golden tan!

A mobile and tablet

Whatever you do, you need your mobile and tablet with you for your holibobs. Not only are they good for safety reasons (you can contact someone if you are lost, or even use the GPS service), but they are also ideal for entertainment purposes. After all, if there isn't much to do at the resort, you want to be able to surf the net, and even watch some movies while you are away. And MovieBox is the best app out there for this purpose as it has a collection of films which you can download and use offline. That way, you don't have to rely on the hotel's weak Wi-Fi to watch a flick. Just make sure you pack chargers for your tech, so you don't run out of battery!

A versatile pair of sunnies

One thing which is essential for your holiday is a pair of sunglasses. In fact, your sunnies will become your best friend when you are on holiday. Whether you are walking to the beach or going to the shops, you will have them on. And as you will wear them every day, you need to make sure they are versatile to go with all your outfits. After all, you don't want them to stand out for the wrong reasons while you are on holiday. Therefore, go for a white, tan, or black to ensure they go with everything!

A beach bag

It's common to take several bags along with you when you go on holiday. One for the beach, one for the travel, and one for the evening. After all, you can't get one which is suitable for all occasions. The beach bag is often the one people forget to take with them. But unless you fancy getting sand in your favourite bag, it's time to hunt one down which will hold all your beach supplies!

And whilst travelling on your own has some benefits, a friend is always a great travel buddy. After all, you get to share great experiences together and create memories which will last forever.

FASHION: London Fashion Week: Mimi Tran

London Fashion Week is the week that pays respect to the art meets fashion in a tantalizing bundle of Fashion Shows, featured at some of the most stunning venues around London. Covent Garden's Freemasons' Hall was home to this year's Fashion Scout shows, a vast array of colour, beauty and sparkle seemed to dominate. Springtime seemed solidified within the exhibitions, a little token of spring in each of the dresses. The Freemasons' Building is a particularly stunning setting for the event. The architecture and atmosphere was electric and perfectly undertook the role of the Cathedral of Fashion.

Mimi Tran

The show was breathtakingly beautiful. Each piece is delicately entwined floral with sequin, and bridal lace with style. Undoubtedly everyone was enthralled by the marvel designs that scream fashion, but make each piece effortlessly wearable. This was revised further, with a couple of edgy lacy designs, but each piece so heavily detailed, it truly deserves up close scrutiny to be able to see the full scope of its design. The beautiful sequins were soaked in bright colours, and there was a huge variation in design, strapless, long, flowy and lacy; it was limitless and pure gold. Mimi Tran, a gorgeous vision herself, with such an exquisite eye and such attention to detail. Mimi, originally from Vietnam, has now set up base in the USA, and the top ethos behind her designs are so heavily slanted towards female empowerment, which now, more than ever is so hugely important. Fashion can empower and each carefully crafted design carries some sassy female power.

The black dresses denoted such elegance that it wouldn't be too difficult to picture them gracing the red carpets at the biggest of social events. Mimi Tran's dresses have already been worn by the likes of Sofia Reyes, Kelsea Ballerini and Paige Hurd.

Mimi Tran Design (Freemasons' Building)
Mimi Tran Design (Freemasons' Building)

There is nothing more dreamy than beautifully intricate wedding dresses, that ooze class and grace. The bridal selection was particularly popular among the viewers, and again no limits to the design, there was a befitting design for any woman of any size or shape, and pattern etched beautifully into each fabric used. The dress designs finely engrain regal chic with modern prestige and Mimi Tram captures it perfectly. The florals are a beautiful transition from winter to spring, but not so saturated in florals that it becomes overdone. If you want to feel like a princess, Mimi Tran is for you.

Bridal (Mimi Tran)
Bridal (Mimi Tran)
Bridal (Mimi Tran)
Photo Courtesy of: Ben Pechey
Photo Courtesy of: Ben Pechey
Photo Courtesy of: Ben Pechey
Their website is filled with elegant and divine styles, which I would gladly allow my closet to claim. Full of vibrancy, glam and pure class, Mimi Tran is undoubtedly only going to keep rising, and it is easy to see why. Their website Mimi Tran can be found here.

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Thank you to PlusMinus Magazine for being able to share this journey with you! 

Early New Year's Resolutions. Have A Walking Holiday!

Taking time to stay slow paced and relaxed on your holiday is vital. We're all yearning to escape reality and take some precious me-time. In day to day life, I've tried desperately to adopt a no-rush, calm and serene lifestyle. I try to stay ahead of schedules, take my time with day to day tasks and hopefully alleviate niggling health troubles and also mental anxieties. Being on holiday can be just the same. Taking things at your own pace, wandering through the exciting destinations you get to and truly soaking up the essence of the city or country you're in.

Inntravel, the 'slow holiday people' have launched an exciting campaign, #ResolutionsUpdate which is focusing on booking yourself a magical winter holiday, where you can take things at your own leisure and enjoy the winter beauty. After the Christmas slog, January is my favourite month for a regeneration and a new start. Traveling is always on the top of my New Year's resolution list, and any list for that matter, it's a brilliant way to learn about new cultures and broaden your horizons, which assist in every day life and you can easily adopt this to your career and lifestyle. Here are some ways you can create some simple tips to create a happy, healthy and active New Year well in advance. I'm taking part in this campaign because I thoroughly believe we should all start the New Year right, because it can be one of the most depressing times of year; with all the festivities over, back to work and very little to look forward to; which is why it's so important to get those holidays booked and get motivated, even with the smallest of things you desire. Here are some of my top tips to sticking to a healthy resolution:

1. Buy A Planner - get a planner/diary for the next year and begin to work out when you could travel, penciling in dates for your adventures. It's always good to have a diary on you, and preferably one that allows you to make lists. Take January first; think about the days you can set aside to either travel, socialise or take days to be creative and healthy.

2. Save Up In Advance - Put a little bit of money towards your adventure as early as possible, for example right now. Ask for money for Christmas instead of gifts and put it into a travel pot. Take a little browse some walking holidays for some inspirations on locations for the perfect walking holiday. Anyone who has been to Spain before will know it's a perfect place to spend some slow quality time with friends and family, whilst breathing in that clear air!

3. Buy Some Active Wear - This will make you feel immediately more in the zone with being active and feeling ready to be at one with nautre. Comfortable yoga pants or riding pants - another great thing to add to your list, and once you're dressed for the occasion, you're going to feel much more in the mood for travel. A nice warm coat is always a must, preferably with a hood as January can be chilly and it's good to be snug and prepared!

Last year my New Year's Resolutions were:

  • Travel more - I certainly have travelled more, and plan to keep this as a top priority for the foreseeable future. Travelling is one of my biggest passions.
  • Eat less sweet things - That didn't happen. My addiction to peanut M&Ms is still gigantic.
  • Socialise more - Again, that has sloped off past February but we must all make the effort.
  • Redesign my blog - This happened, although just recently, but I was inspired by travelling to change my blog and to create a more travel inspired blog!
  • Do more charity work -This is ongoing but I believe we can all contribute, even if that means picking up little bits and bobs in local charity shops.

What are your New Year's Resolutions plans? What were your 2017 and how is it going so far for you?

*This post was written in collaboration with Inntravel. 

FASHION: Maharishi SS17 Spring/Summer Collection

The spiritedly organic style of Maharishi's SS17 Spring/Summer collection is every bit as expressive yet as beautifullly simplistic as expected, fuelling inner desire for comfort and practicality, and ardently highlighting bold African tradition. This of course is the brand new, Tour d'Afrique.

This range gives a nod to the divergence of the 'easy-elegance' trends such as stripes and painterly prints which are set to hit the list of trends for 2017. SS17 is mixing elements of neutral colours, bashful earthy tones, and camouflage DPM; lucidly defining Chinese and American military presence in Africa. The heavy use of Coltan, a vital mineral is sat at the core of the range, which skillfully emphasises topical issues centering on armed conflict in Africa. For the colour-loving fashionistas of the world, the SS17 does scatter in a dazzling sprinkle of cobalt blue, and lively oranges and yellows' without heavily drowning in colour, and staying true to its practical, utilitarian roots. There is no doubt that the Maharishi's revival of camouflage DPM is a brazen choice for a pair of Maharishi's Upcycled Arctic Ribbed Pants for men, or alternative choice for ladies, the black raw cropped pants, to shape a loosely fitted yet chic outfit.

Photo Courtesy of: Maharishi Official Website
Photo Courtesy of: Maharishi Official Website
This range is also paying homage to the tigerstripe, happily marrying the camouflage print, denoting a sporadic pattern throughout the collection, creating a refined style. Twenty-two years on, Maharishi has cleverly and respectably carved their way into the fashion industry, without diluting their beliefs. This happened once again in the stunning SS17 range. The philosophy behind Maharishi is deeply etched into the delicate cracks of Mother Nature, with reverence to Africa and its issues.  It is a fabulous range for those who are fascinated with those who smoothly blend art with culture.

For more information on Maharishi, who they are and their fabulous store, click here.

FASHION: London Fashion Week: What's In My Bag

It's almost that time of the year again. London Fashion Week is the time of year that unites us all through fashion, the art behind the fashion and the declaration of subjective style. It's a place that sets trends, revives old trends, and we are able to see the fabulous work of the designers who have come together to create the ultimate in FASHION. I've been lucky to be invited to London Fashion Week with PlusMinus Magazine, and I'm super excited to see the outfits, the shows, and of course, meeting new people, which is always the bonus. Here is a little sneak peek into what I'm carrying in my handbag for London Fashion Week. Going as light as possible is key, especially because of the queues, the waiting and the travel. However, we need our essentials and here are some of the things I'm deciding to pack.

Inside My LFW Handbag
Make-Up Bag - Anthropologie 

This gorgeous faux leather bag from Anthropologie is the perfect travel size make-up bag, the perfect shape to slot nicely into your bag and house all your essentials.  It's complete with a gorgeous mint green interior and rose gold hardware. Shop Anthropologie here. *Not an affilate link*

Kylie Lipkit (Posie K)

A while ago I caved and bought the Kylie Jenner lipkit in Posie K. I have been enjoying these after being introduced by a friend, I've found they are not overly drying and they are exceptionally long-wearing through drinking and eating. I do touch up every five or six hours though, because a crusty or worn lip never looks attractive.

Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner

This eyeliner is super wet, really easy to apply and it's been a favourite for a while now. The nib is perfect, like a felt tip and the application is smooth. I find my eyeliner is one of the first things to wear off, especially if it's winged. It may smudge a little and being able to touch it up is key.

Nuxe Body Oil

I love applying this to my skin! It smells divine and gives your skin a sheen and glittery look (but not too much). It's subtle and can add a little bit of shine back into your dull skin, especially during winter, I love this travel size version because it's very easy to slide in your make-up bag. Shop here. *Not an affilate link*

Issey Miyake Perfume

I love this slender perfume by Issey Miyake. It's super floral, quite fresh and just the perfect scent to spritz when you need a little pick me up. It's not one of my go-to perfumes or one that I really wear that much but for travelling it is a favourite. See their current range here. *Not an affilate link*

Chanel Compact

A mirror is a must when you're out and about, to check your hair and make-up, and just because it's such a staple accessory for a lady to carry. This Chanel compact comes with powder, which I rarely use (dry skin suffers will understand) but I do love the mirror and it's usually always with me.

YSL Cardholder

This goes without saying. I love it. Really love it. It keeps all my cards in and it saves space in my bag, so I don't have to carry a big chunky purse.

Apple iPad

For train travel, an iPad is great if you don't own a Kindle. You can read on it, brain train if you wish, listen to music, do a little writing or play games, without sucking the life out of your phone. It's an essential for me when I travel and it slots nicely into my bag.

Ohh Deer Notepad

I think having a notepad is vital for making notes, especially at London Fashion Week when I have to take notes and remember what I've seen or make notes of designer's and people's names. I love this one by Ohh Deer because it's the most gorgeous design and the tips of the sheets are dipped in rose gold so it just looks divine and the perfect pad to whip out! Check out more from Ohh Deer here. *Not an affilate link*

Business Cards

I always carry business cards with me, because you never know when you may need to give one out. For any upcoming bloggers or service providers, make sure you get kitted out with business cards, especially if you plan on going to big events. It's a great way to network. Print your cards here and receive a discount. *Not an affilate link*.

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5 Creative Ways to make use of the Spare Room

If you are lucky enough to have additional space in your house such as a spare room (or even two) then it can often be difficult deciding what to do with it. More often than not, the spare room doesn’t have any particular use, and it is in fact, just that. Spare. Filled with odd bits and bobs that have no proper home, ceiling high ironing piles that you like to close the door and forget about and that hoover that broke three years ago. So if you’re guilty of treating the spare room more like a tip than a living space, then here are some ideas that might inspire you to transform that space into something a little more useful. 

A Gym 
Ok, I’m not talking a state of the art studio filled with all singing, all dancing equipment, but the popularity of home workouts are on the rise and are also extremely accessible from all kinds of fitness Youtube channels. Why not empty the space out, add a few yoga mats, dumbbells or kettlebells, a skipping rope and maybe an exercise bike and you have your very own makeshift studio. Shut the door, turn up the speakers and get that heart rate going. This doesn’t have to cost a lot and will probably save you more money than a gym membership in the long run!

An Office
Ok, this isn’t a very creative concept because a lot of people have home offices in the spare room, but if you do work from home or need a space where you can concentrate, it is vital that you create a productive workspace. An old desk chair and computer isn’t exactly motivational. Ensure your office space is painted in light colours, has a lot of natural light but also the right lighting when working after dark. A comfy desk chair with the correct back support is essential, and how about a mini fridge to store bottles of water and energy boosting snacks? Desk organisers are also great for ensuring that your workload doesn’t get on top of you – working in a clutter-free space is far more effective.

A Pet Room
This might sound a little ridiculous at first, but if you have your pet’s beds in the kitchen and find yourself falling over them/not wanting to go downstairs for fear of waking them up to wreak havoc, then why not transform your spare room into a calm, safe place for your pets to sleep? There is plenty of advice available online about how to successfully create a relaxing and playful space for your animals and it will probably do them good to have a space they can associate as their own -  not to mention you being able to enjoy a hair-free carpet!

Rent it out 
Granted, this suggestion might not be for everyone, especially if you have a comfortable financial situation, but if you are looking to make a little extra cash on the side, then having a lodger is a great way to do this, particularly if you have the space available. Having a lodger isn’t an alien concept like it might have once been, and there are plenty of people that rent out the spare room in their house for a little bit of extra income. Of course, you have to make a few additional sacrifices to ensure that you accommodate your lodger (sharing a kitchen and bathroom for example) but if your lodger is a friend or someone your own age, chances are you will make a friend for life! So if you have a significant amount of spare space, why not help someone out and make a little cash at the same time. If you don’t fancy sharing your space full time, or like to have some alone time to chill at the weekend, why not search for people looking to lodge part-time? Plenty of people work away in the week and are just looking for a place to crash in between working. 

Walk-in Wardrobe 
Unleash your inner Kim K and turn that spare bedroom into a closet. Although walk-in wardrobes are usually associated with A-listers, it doesn’t have to be expensive to overhaul an otherwise empty space into somewhere you can store, clothes, coats and jackets, shoes and accessories. IKEA have some excellent shoe racks and clothes rails that can be strategically placed around the room to make storing your clothing a decorative venture. Walking into a room with your clothes and accessories all on display might make finding something to wear that little bit easier!

LIFESTYLE: Be The Ultimate Blogging Hustler

Being a blogger is one of the most exciting jobs you can have. There is still unfortunately many grey areas surrounding blogging and many people can look at you, tilt their heads to the side and frown in a desperate attempt to figure out what the heck blogging actually is! The blogging scope is huge, and it's a majestic sphere of opportunity and excitement, with many areas yet to be tapped into. We are only just scratching the surface, and yet we can make a comfortable living, and put our restless creative minds to good use.

Being a good hustler and working with companies who are going to either pay you, or fund your travel or give you something in return is vital. You must never compromise on the quality of your writing, as it's vital to have crisp clean copy that's engaging and informative. A little style never goes a miss, and above all personality, with a polite friendly personality. Here are some good ways to save money, make money and ultimately create a fabulous platform for you and your blog.

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Approach Companies With Your Pitches

This can be daunting but collating a group of email addresses of companies/brands that you want to work with is important, and keeping them on an Excel spreadsheet to ensure you keep track of who you have written to and when. Don't forget to chase them after two weeks - never forget the two week rule, and a polite chase up is more than fine, as long as you don't appear aggressive at the lack of response. The likelihood is your carefully crafted email fell straight into the junk pile of the company's email, or slipped down their list because of the countless amount of emails they already get. Figure out, what your first three main goals are:
  • What do you want from them
  • What do they want from you
  • What defines you 
Approach them with the title of 'blogger collaboration' or 'advertising opportunity' or 'working to promote your company', a little something that shows that there could be something in this for them, that's always key. Take a look at your branding, giving yourself a good logo to add to your media packs is key. It shows you have thought out your strategy, and consistency is vital when you're pitching to brands. Take a little look at a logo for your blog/company; it's a brilliant way to get your show on the road! Use it on emails also and of course on your business card.

Earn A Little Extra On The Side

Being a blogger essentially is being a writer. Of course many successful bloggers are also highly skilled photographers and designers, among other things, but working on your blog may not be the steady fantastic income you were hoping for. There is hope however, especially for the budding writers who write their blog specifically to create content. Freelance writing is a good way to top up your income, whether it is writing blogs for other companies, or writing copy for upcoming companies, there are always ways to put your writing to good use.

  • ProBlogger - a platform and forum that lists jobs for bloggers and freelance writers that are looking for people to work from home and this is worldwide so it's open to a magnitude of offers!
  • Blogger Jobs - another forum that lists jobs suited to your skills and super good for sassy writers looking for additional income.
  • Affilate Window - post ads on your website and earn revenue from each click - bear in mind this is probably not going to be the biggest money earner but having ads on your site makes your site look a little more professional and there's a chance you may earn a little, even pennies, or a few pounds, it's worth it.

Save Coupons & Do Online Surveys 

There are a plethora of sites where you can get coupons, free trials, and discounts which can assist you through those quieter months. In addition to this, there are some legit websites that cater towards people who are looking to make a little extra cash. There are so many that you sign upto and they can be so spam heavy that your inbox is ready to spontaneously combust and your phone number that you innocently tapped into an online survey is buzzing every five seconds. Here are some good legitimate websites that you can make cash from, quickly and relatively effortlessly with an easy structure to follow.

  • 20 Cogs - complete little tasks, such as signing up for a free box or subscription, or a quick survey, some do require you to spend a bit of money although not usually much (upto £5) unless you do any bet tasks but you are free to switch your task up if it's not suited to you
  • Money Saving Expert - find good deals and coupons...saving every little penny can help!

Hustle, Hustle, Hustle

It does not ever harm to ask. Drop a tweet to a brand asking if they work with bloggers, asking if they will give you some samples in exchange for social media coverage. Ask if they do samples or if they have any upcoming events. Ask a hotel or a restaurant for a complimentary or press rate stay/meal in exchange for a mention in a blog post. Keep in touch with as many people and companies as you can, ask around, don't feel you're bugging them, a tweet is a non-invasive form of communication that is actually one of the most benefical for people in the blogging industry. Ask them if they work with bloggers, ask if they want to collaborate, do some networking. If they say no, then you have tried, but they may subconsciously make a little note of you and if something comes up in the future, then your name is there! Go to events, any events, meet as many people as possible. You never know where the road may lead...

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TRAVEL: Interesting Jobs You Can Do While Traveling

I cannot imagine a better set up than sitting at a café in a famous square while I type away to meet my work project’s deadline at the end of the week. Then, I can take a plane and choose the next city off my bucket list and do the same. Once upon a time, traveling and working may have been things to choose between, but today, fortunately, there are many interesting jobs you can do while traveling and on the road.

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So if you are looking for a job that you can do while keeping your travel bug alive and well, we are here to help! Here are some job options you have in 2017 that would be suitable for travelers:

1. “Normal” Jobs
Being on the road does not necessarily mean that you have to look into jobs that are off the beaten path. You also have the option of performing a regular job, such as being in construction or working in a restaurant as a bartender or waitress. Having the stable income and set schedule can also be very appreciated as a traveler.

2. Travel Tour Guide
A great way to work in a city you love, especially if you don’t speak the local language fluently, is to share all the things that make you love it with other travelers. International companies are often looking for tour assistants for one single location or even larger multi-destination tours. You could also be a local tour guide or even start up your own business showing people your own favorite spots.

3. Travel Nurse
If you are a registered RN, it is possible to have a travel assignment generally up to 13 weeks. There are some specific travel nurse agencies that help people finds jobs abroad. However, in certain locations it could turn out more useful to go through an already established job-search site, some of which even provide nursing interview questions for those willing to take an extra step or two in order to be better prepared.

4. Au Pair
Do you have a background in babysitting? Take your work experience abroad! You can become an au pair, a professional babysitter or nanny, for a family in another country. Room, board and a stable income generally come in exchanged for helping the kids learn a new language or helping with household chores.  

5. Study Abroad Leader
More and more students are taking advantage of the opportunity to study abroad during time at university, which means if there is a region that you are familiar with, you have a great opportunity to be a study abroad leader. Being a study abroad leader means that you will mentor the group abroad as you travel with them and learn more about the local culture.

6. WWoofing
Though it may not bring in a traditional paycheck, WWoofing (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a great volunteer opportunity where you can work an organic farm and connect with a local farmer. Your room and board is free in exchange for a set number of hours working.

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With these options and so many more, it’s time to pull your passport and CV together! The idea of traveling and working may have seemed to be only a dream before, but it is actually very possible and feasible.

CHARITY: The Importance Of Assistance Dogs

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Living with a disibility of any kind is challenge. There are a whole spectrum of ailments, disabilities and issues that millions of people live with, and the fear of lacking independence can dampen confidence, it can also severely blight people's lives. The importance of having a dog as a companion can ease the pressures of day-to-day life, allowing people to feel less suffocated with the day-to-day tasks that most people take for granted. My cousin who has been suffering with a disability from birth is in the process of getting her first assistance dog, and already the difference it has made to her mood is incredible; and it can only continue to blossom.

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We see guide dogs for the blind around on our streets, offering support, and awareness to the public and assisting those with vision problems. However, it is not just the blind who may need a dog in their lives. Dogs can be trained for a number of reasons, for people with disabilities from autism, to epilepsy, physical disabilities and more. They can provide comfort for those who may struggle to connect with other people, there is a gentleness in dogs that can ease worry, it's a proven fact that dogs can help lower your blood pressure. They become a friend, a loyal companion that will stay with you, watch over you, and keep you safe, when it feels the world is closing in. Crossing a busy street is daunting for anyone, but if you suffer a form of disability, then these tasks are naturally more magnified, and it can easily swirl out of control, and a loss of independence is imminent. A dog can create a sense of security, and that is only the beginning of the endless list. Some of the ways they can provide stability for a vulnerable person is: 
  • Assisting with opening doors
  • Assisting with dressing and undressing 
  • Retrieving dropped items such as a wallet 
  • Pressing a pedestrian crossing button
  • Reaching upto shop counters 
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Dogs for Good UK is a charity that supports these incredible animals, and they are always in need of people to support them, whether it be fundraising, or training the pups, or even just spreading the word, it's vital that more people are aware that dogs can be such a lifeline for many people. You can find more information regarding what they do on their website. By allowing vulnerable people to have a dog, whether it is a small child or a fully grown adult, dogs can enrich someone's life, and create a brighter future, where before there may have only been darkness. Please take a moment to have a look at the charity Dogs for Good and spread the word about the importance of assistance dogs. Do you have any blogs or videos to share relating to the subject? Share your stories and let's make the world feel a little smaller and a little safer.